Psychiatry Research Innovations (PRI)


The PRI is established to advance academic success of faculty members in the Department of Psychiatry by providing research-related administrative, operational, and educational support.


  • Director of PRI: Merlin Ariefdjohan, PhD, MPH
  • Director of Biostatistics Core: Susan Mikulich, PhD
  • Biostatistics Consultant: Crystal Natvig, MPH
  • Director of Research Operations Core: Claudia Iannelli, MS
  • Director of Clinical Research Support Core: Christine Garver-Apgar, PhD
  • Director of Research Education Core: Emmaly Perks, MA, CCRP
  • Grants and Contracts Specialist: Chelsea Hansen, MFA

Requesting PRI Support:

Within her role as the Director of PRI, Merlin will manage and provide oversight to all the services outlined below. She will vet each request for support from respective faculty members and then work closely with the Core Directors/Specialist to determine the type and level of support that can be reasonably provided. A ticketing system may be implemented, but in the interim, all requests can be emailed to

Psychiatry Research Innovations Grant Program

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus is pleased to announce a new funding mechanism designed to advance research efforts within the Department. Eligible faculty are invited to apply for a one-year award of up to $25,000. This funding is intended for junior or senior faculty who have primary appointments of at least 50% FTE in the Department of Psychiatry. This internally funded program is designed to support projects that provide a firm foundation for ongoing research investigations and result in peer review publications or other scholarly products.

*This program is closed until further notice. 

Please view the complete funding announcement for more information on the grant program and application details.

A Letter of Intent is required. It should be emailed to:  Christine Garver-Apgar (

Eligibility for PRI Support

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Psychiatry (SOM)

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Mail Stop F546

Aurora, CO 80045


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